Our boy turned ONE!! We celebrated with a circus themed party at the local park. Five of Kaden's friends (and their parents, of course), and a few family members (Yay! Gammi!) came out to help commemorate the occasion. We planned for a few weeks to make sure everything was taken care of: Invitations - check, Food - check, Decorations - check, Gifts - check. While all the planning paid off, and the party came together nicely, none of it was enjoyed by the birthday boy himself. Our little man came down with a virus and wanted nothing to do with any of it! He enjoyed the swings and playing with his buddies, but as the party rolled on Kaden lost interest. When it came time to eat and have his first taste of sugar, he had the go-to-pieces and wanted nothing to do with any of it. Poor little guy! Maybe the theme should have been, "It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want To."
Twelve months of Kaden! A photo for each month.
We made brown bag lunches for the kiddos that included an animal shaped cream cheese and jam sandwich, a bag of dehydrated pears, an apple juice box, and circus animal finger puppets.
Going along with the circus theme, we had circus tent cookies for the adults and animal cracker take home boxes for the kids (they even had little circus stickers that said "Thank You For Coming - Kaden."
The Piece de Resistance - Kaden's smash cake.
I used Papa's famous chocolate cake recipe to make Kaden's special smash cake - all from scratch including the homemade icing!! Using a giant silicone cupcake mold, it took me two attempts to make the final product - the first cake fell apart as I tried to remove the cake. The second cake came out of the oven around 10:30 p.m. and, after letting it cool, I completed it around midnight. All the effort and Kaden didn't even end up tasting it! I have to say, he doesn't know what he missed!!! I may pick a random day to try again...I am dying for photos of him with cake and icing all over his sweet little face!!
The Happy Birthday Circus Banner
The park afforded the kids an opportunity to play on the swings and jungle gym.
The kids enjoying their lunch.
Over it! Kaden was whisked off to bed soon after this shot. Prior to putting him down for a nap we took his temperature...102!! No wonder he wasn't interested in his cake.
Happy Birthday my sweet boy - you have made this year the best of your mama's life.